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General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Year's Eve
« on: April 05, 2010, 01:09:08 PM »
From the Calendar:

Brew Years Eve

April 7, 1933

The modification of the Volstead Act allows beer to be sold once again. The modification changed the allowed alcohol percentage of a beverage from .05 to 3.2 allowing beer to be served once again. Over 1.5 million barrels of beer was consumed during the first 24-hours after the modification of the Act.

April 7, 2010

Today, the America's craft brewers have reinvigorated US beer culture that had been wrecked by Prohibition. With more small breweries in America than even before Prohibition in the 1920's, please take a moment, today, to toast America's craft brewers.


Ingredients / Re: hop growing in the nv desert
« on: April 01, 2010, 06:47:33 PM »
I think you're gonna need some drip irrigation.  If you let 'em dry out, even for a day, they'll have big problems.  Mine seem to do fine when they have water, but my climate isn't quite as hot as yours.

hot oxy clean and bleach bath overnight almost always does the trick. pretty crazy watchin what happens to the oxy clean/water solution once u pour a little bleach in too  ;)

It may not be intuitive, but (hypochlorite) bleach and peroxide (the active in peroxygen bleaches like oxyclean) deactivate each other:
OCI- + H2O2 → CI- + H2O + O2

What you get is a release of oxygen gas & salt water if your ratio is "right".

The Pub / Re: Would you eat whale meat?
« on: April 01, 2010, 10:23:21 AM »
I could not imagine anything more delicious than magical whale bacon.    Mmmmmm...........whale bacon............

Doesn't bacon come from the axx?
Do whales have those?

I've always been afraid that the "rinse - aid" in the dishwasher would hurt foam retention.  Has that been a problem?

(I've never let is stop me from putting my other glassware in the dishmasher)

Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: March 31, 2010, 10:31:30 AM »
I like this one:, but it may not solve your problem of having too much lateral intermingling unless you space them a lot.

The Pub / Mosquitoes
« on: March 30, 2010, 11:08:49 AM »
This came from CEN March 15,2010:

"Finally, should you be inclined to down a pint on St. Patty's Day, try to avoid doing so in regions prone to malaria.  Opt for Ireland over a West African country such as Burkina Faso.  A recent study published in PLoS One finds that people who consume BEER are far more appealing to malaria-bearing mosquitoes than those who drink water (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009546).  The authors of the study believe that alcohol metabolism increases the breath and odor markers that attract mosquitoes.  Sláinte!"

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:27:52 AM »
Publishing Zymurgy's recipes in BeerXML and linking them from the website or forum (in both XML and rendered HTML) would be helpful in many ways, big and small.


Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 01:49:57 PM »
...some fragrance and lotion free hand sanitizer

aka denatured ethanol.

Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 06:54:58 AM »
I agree and that's what I do but once an item is rinsed in sanitizer can you just handle it.  Is rinsing my hand in sanitizer enough?

Anything you touch w/your hand isn't sanitized.  You need to hold what ever it is somewhere that isn't going to contact the beer.  So - any tubing has to be handled downstream from where it will touch the beer - the racking cane from the top - the bottles from the outside - the hydrometer from the very tip top etc.

I like your idea of gloves,  once they are sanitary they should be good until they come in contact w/something you touch.

I usually clean the keg w/PBW. Once you keg you almost never go back!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mystery yeast.
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:12:44 PM »
...No sense in throwing away good yeast.

Unless you don't know what kind it is  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is it cheating?
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:34:36 PM »
If I brew my own beer.  Drink my own beer.  Don't enter competitions.  Am I still cheating?   ;)  Heck, this is 'merica,  we don't even have a Reinheitsgibberish.  If you take a short cut & use lactic acid is that different than using malt syrup instead of grain?

If someone is misrepresenting what they've done, they're cheating.  If they want to buy a commercial beer and put their own cap & label on it, and win a competition - enjoy the ribbon.  Hey, it's their eternal soul that'll pay the price not mine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Higher SG than OG?
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:00:18 PM »
How hot was the wort when you first measured it?  Hot liquids are thinner than cool ones.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water adjustments: Strike vs. Sparge
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:57:43 PM »
I'd put it in the strike water, provided that your water is ok to begin with.  If you have chloraminated water you might want to use a campden tablet in the water that you'll sparge with too.

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